How to Find Your Leadership Purpose

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Last week I had the opportunity to talk with two previous clients who were considering career opportunities. I was impressed that, in their discernment process, they were focused on what I call one’s Core Self – your core values, Strengths and purpose. It was great to hear that they had confidence, feeling they would be […]

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3 Crucial Steps to Take in Team Motivation

Do you want a highly motivated team who don’t take time off work, don’t keep looking for other jobs and make a positive contribution to your business? If the answer is “yes,” there are three steps you need to take with each member of your team. Step 1: Spend some quality time. Not “quantity time” […]

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Power Listening: The Secret to Successful Conversations

I only wish I could find an institute that teaches people how to listen. Business people need to listen at least as much as they need to talk. Too many people fail to realize that real communication goes in both directions. ~ Lee Iacocca In my experience working with successful leaders Listening  may be the […]

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Does your Strategic Plan include your Career?

Career choices aren’t simply a matter of finding a good job, at an acceptable salary, with appropriate benefits. The quality of your work impacts your personal life, leading to satisfaction (or, conversely, dissatisfaction). One of the biggest reasons people come to see me for advice, is because they’re contemplating a career decision. Or they’ve made […]

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Are You Satisfied with Your Career?

Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. ~Confucius What can we do to ensure a source of happiness and fulfillment throughout our careers? At graduation, each of us has visions of what we’ll accomplish. Years later, even the best and brightest from the most prestigious universities aren’t immune […]

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Are You “In” or “Out” of the Box?

I’ve been reviewing concepts from one of the best books written on leadership and self-deception. This is a common problem that leaders find they must confront with each promotion to greater responsibility. It’s something we work hard on in our executive coaching sessions. Leadership and Self-Deception, a book written by the Arbinger Institute, features a […]

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Dishonesty, The Truth

“Morality, like art, means drawing a line somewhere.” ~ Oscar Wilde Forbes Magazine calls a recent financial scandal “the shocking indictment of the culture of banks.” This time it involves unethical, illegal fixing of financial markets by the great names of banking. Barclays has admitted guilt in conspiring with the Royal Bank of Scotland, UBS, […]

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Connecting through Social Media

If your company or organization hasn’t jumped on the social media bandwagon yet, it’s probably missing opportunities to connect with customers in new ways. Despite living in an age where technology has made always-on data connections ubiquitous, we are more disconnected from the people we impact than at any other time in history. Even with […]

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When a Company or Organization Lacks Empathy

Some business executives dismiss the need for empathy, favoring the more concrete and defensible virtues of rational analysis. They have a point. So did Blockbuster executives when faced with Netflix’s debut. Blockbuster witnessed Netflix’s dramatic growth in the very early 2000s and chose to do nothing. Company leaders saw the world from a solitary vantage […]

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In Another’s Shoes

What’s the best way to keep an eye on what your customers need and want? I’ve been reading about empathy in Wired to Care: How Companies Prosper When They Create Widespread Empathy, by Dev Pataik and Peter Mortensen. The authors make a case for better customer contact in business strategy planning. Modern technological improvements in […]

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